May 22, 2013 1:00 AM by Nichole Szemerei
TUCSON - Ask any driver, they'll say Tucson roads are terrible. It stems from funding. News 4 Tucson Investigators already talked to the city about the problem, now it's the county's turn.
We set out to find the worst roads in Pima County. What we got back was a 400 page list of all the roads in bad shape, making it impossible to narrow down.
"The roads here are pretty horrible," says Tucson driver, Stephanie Malone.
"Not something to write home about," Sam Mugai laughs.
The county says it can't do anything about these cracks and holes until it gets more money.
"That's crap. That sucks as a citizen here. You want your roads to be safe and be able to drive on them and not have to worry about getting damage to your vehicle," says Malone.
"They need to do something about it. I see people weaving just to avoid some of these potholes around this place," says Mugai.
Director of Pima County Department of Transportation, Priscilla Cornelio has 1,800 miles of roads to maintain, 61 percent are in poor or failed condition. How did we get to that point?
"Basically, for the past 5 years, the legislature has been sweeping our monies and they have swept over 34 million dollars from us. It would've been money we would have spent on taking care of our roads," says Cornelio.
"Are they addressing the issue? What are they doing about it? I think someone needs to come up with a solution," says Mugai.
News 4 went to the top to see what's being done to help the county out.
"In this particular case I think we've given a number of options that are fairly painless," says County Administrator, Chuck Huckelberry.
The most recent is a ten cent per gallon gas tax, to be voted on by you, but what's to keep funds from being diverted again?
"It may take a referendum, it may take a referral to the voters," says Huckelberry.
Until then, our roads will continue to look like this.
"It is unacceptable. I feel very badly that, what terrible shape our roads have gotten into," says Cornelio.
"We haven't raised revenues for transportation for 22 years and it's time we do something about it, or else our transportation system will revert to one that's equivalent to a third world country," says Huckelberry.
To report a problem with the roads, call (520) 740-2693.
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